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County Courthouse


Bell County's Commissoners Court
101 E. Central Ave.
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3521 or 1-800-460-2355

Quick History

Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles.


Parent County

22 January 1850: Bell County was created from Milam County. [1]

The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891--The treasurer's office of the Bell County Courthouse caught fire, March 15, 1891.  Probably arson. No record loss. [2]


Populated Places


Bartlett | Belton | Copperas Cove | Harker Heights | Killeen | Little River-Academy | Morgan's Point Resort | Nolanville | Temple | Troy


Holland | Rogers




Fort Hood

Unincorporated Communties

Cyclone | Ding Dong | Heidenheimer | Pendleton | White Hall

Neighboring Counties

Burnet | Coryell | Falls | Lampasas | McLennan | Milam | Williamson






Local Histories






Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. GenDisasters.com Belton, TX Courthouse Fire, Mar 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7346/belton-tx-courthouse-fire-mar-1891